Healthe Hearts Day on February 14 aims to focus on improving overall heart health.
Healthe Hearts Day on February 14 aims to focus on improving overall heart health.

Aiming for Healthe Hearts this Valentine’s Day

VALENTINE'S Day, a day that has traditionally caused hearts to flutter, will now be known as Healthe Hearts Day as hospitals across Australia and New Zealand wear red and join together to promote the importance of heart health and raise awareness for Australasia's number one killer.

With recent statistics showing that heart disease kills one Australian every 28 minutes and one New Zealander every 90 minutes, Healthe Hearts Day on February 14 provides an opportunity for healthcare professionals and communities to consider the steps they can take to improve their overall heart health.

"As the key contributors to heart disease, including smoking, obesity, physical inactivity and diabetes continue to be widespread on both sides of the Tasman, at Healthe Care we wanted to take the opportunity to raise awareness for heart health this Valentine's Day," said Healthe Care Australia CEO Steve Atkins.

"We're encouraging everyone to pause for a moment, consider their own lifestyle and risk factors, and show some love for their heart on Healthe Hearts Day."

At Gosford Private and Brisbane Waters Private Hospitals, Healthe Hearts Day activities will include staff wearing red, special Valentine's Day gift cards and a raffle, with all money raised being donated to support the work of Health Research Australia.

"Last year the Gosford Private Heart Centre performed over 2100 heart procedures on Central Coast residents," Central Coast Regional Manager for Healthe Care Australia Matt Kelly said.

"We have seen large growth in the service since it opened eight years ago, and it now offers services which are not available in the public hospitals locally, including electrophysiology, left atrial closures, heart failure devices, rotablation procedures and even the world's smallest pacemaker.

"We are very lucky to have such advanced services available on the Coast, complementing our cardiothoracic surgery and local cardiac rehabilitation services."

With the latest technology, groundbreaking techniques and a commitment to delivering the best patient experiences and outcomes, Healthe Care Australia (HCA) continues to be at the forefront of the fight against heart disease.

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